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Post-Scientific Museum of Geology

Formulation of New Realism through Ambiguous Object
Speculating Enlightenment and Romanticism, Central Park at 86th St. W., New York

 

Mario J. Romanach Fellowship, excellence in design

Published in Pressing Matter III
PennDesign Core Studio IV
Advisor: Ferda Kolatan
Collaborator: Bumjin Park
Spring 2014

 

What sets Geology apart from other sciences is that it subjects to ambiguity rather than specificity. Geological matters are a series of formless and countless phenomena whereas biological matters, for instance, are fixed to a specific form and function. Our illustrations of fruits, human figures or insects are always similar to one another because they have that specificity. This is the same for any mathematical equations. However, when we are asked to depict geological matters, the depiction differs significantly from one another. Geological matters are always in fluctuation and parts of a larger whole, for instance, from a pebble to a rock to a crevasse of crust.

 

We see incalculable repetition and tectonics among seams, surfaces, volumes, masses, et al. This proposal for a post-scientific museum for Geology is thus focused on articulating, not mimicking, the very nature of geology through repetitive tectonic of varying surface and volume conditions. It encourages the geological phenomena rather than conventional museum exhibitions. The exterior envelope articulates the scars or seams that link the surfaces with different condition and informs the interior activities as well. The interior is a reconstitution of crevasse, chasm, gorge, prairie, et al. that has emerged from tracing the rock we have chosen to study. We only traced the information from rock and assigned museum functions and structure to the resulting formation.